I first learned of Lawrence Schwartzwald’s photography through Canadian poet Frank Beltrano (who has previously been promoted on Reading Recommendations as well as being a great personal pal). Frank had suggested I’d find Lawrence’s photos very interesting. I became Facebook friends with Lawrence, enjoyed viewing all his photography, and was very pleased when he announced the publication of this collection of photographs of people reading. The concept is so in keeping with my own attempts to promote and encourage reading that I invited Lawrence to join RR to tell us about it.
What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Art of Reading, a photo essay
Quick description: A collection of candid images of ordinary folks (mostly New Yorkers) in the act of reading books and printed matter.
Born in the Bronx, I currently live and work in Manhattan. I spent nearly twenty years as a salaried freelancer with The New York Post. In 1971 or 1972, I picked up a copy of Andre Kertesz’s On Reading, which has had a great influence on this series.
**The Exhibition and sale of The Art of Reading, a photo essay, and prints will be at The Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA, from March 9-March 20, 2017. Fine Art Prints on exhibition at Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY, for 2016 Self Published Photobook Exhibition. The Art of Reading, a photo essay, Best In Show.
Links to buy Lawrence’s book:
The Art of Reading, a photo essay, is available via McNally Jackson Books in Soho (to purchase a signed copy), Dashwood Books, The Art Book Store at P.S. 1 MoMA, K&M Camera on Broadway, Strand Books and Grolier Poetry Bookshop in Cambridge, MA.
Lawrence’s reading recommendation:
The last book I read is Bruce Davidson by Aperture.